In Woiwurrung—the language of the Wurundjeri people, the original custodians of the land on which TarraWarra Museum of Art is located—"Tarrawarra" translates approximately as "slow moving waters." Taking this meaning as its departure point, the TarraWarra Biennial 2021 reflexively explores ideas of duration, suspension, withdrawal, stillness and the elasticity of time. Featuring 24 artists from across Australia, the exhibition takes shape around two related cues: the idea of slowness, and the winding course of the Birrarung (Yarra River), which flows south of the Museum grounds.
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In tune with the unhurried arc of the river, the TarraWarra Biennial 2021: Slow Moving Waters proposes a stay to the ever more rapid flows of people, commerce and information that characterise the dynamic of globalisation. Against today’s cult of speed with the relentless hum of its 24/7 communications, the artworks in the Biennial mark a different sort of time—one which connects with the vastness and intricacy of geological and cosmological cycles, seasonal rhythms, interconnected ecologies, and ancient knowledge systems.
Encompassing several new site-
Postponed by a year on account of the coronavirus pandemic, the TarraWarra Biennial 2021 reflects on the socio-
In considering the broader arc of history against the pull of the accelerated now, Slow Moving Waters is attentive to notions of place, subjectivity, and community, and to an idea of the present as a site of multiple durations, pasts and possible futures.
Curator Nina Miall said: “Between the hyper-
TarraWarra Museum of Art Director, Victoria Lynn, said, “Slow Moving Waters is notable for its strong representation of First Nations artists, and also distinctive in its site-
Slow Moving Waters is accompanied by a range of performances, artists’ talks and a comprehensive catalogue, providing audiences with a variety of contemporary art experiences.
TarraWarra Biennial 2021: Slow Moving Waters artists: Robert Andrew, Jeremy Bakker, Lucy Bleach, Lauren Brincat, Louisa Bufardeci, Sundari Carmody, Christian Capurro, Jacobus Capone, Daniel Crooks, Megan Cope, George Egerton-
Curator: Nina Miall
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